The path is now cleared for the Democrats to make good on their promise of providing the $2,000 stimulus payments to American families.
This move comes against the backdrop of the Democratic Party winning control of the Senate this week with victories in the two Georgia runoffs.
In an earlier call by President Trump and supported by the Democratic Party for a bigger check to the American people, there was a GOP blockade led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Now, with Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) set to become majority leader when Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20, that $2000 pledge seems imminent.
“One of the first things that I want to do when our new senators are seated is to deliver the $2,000 checks to the American families,” said Schumer.
Other Democratic lawmakers have emphasized the $2,000 payments following the projected victories for Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia’s elections.
“As Senators-elect Warnock and Ossoff have rightly pointed out, a Democratic Senate means that families across the nation will receive $2000 survival checks,” Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) reportedly said.
President-elect Joe Biden earlier in the week expressed his desire to see additional coronavirus relief legislation pass.
“We need urgent action on what comes next because the COVID-19 crisis hits red states and blue states alike,” he said in a statement.
Trump earlier criticized GOP leaders for their opposition to increasing the payments to $2,000 and charged that it was partly responsible for the Republican’s failure to keep the seats in Georgia.
“How does that play politically?” Trump asked while speaking at a recent rally in Washington.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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